How much would Ti bolts and skewers shave?
Looking to shave some grams and spotted Ti bolts and skewers on this forum, haven't had a chance to weigh my steel bolts and skewers but how much would I shave replacing them with titanium?
Considering I'd be replacing stem, headset, brake bracket and rotor bolts
Cube LTD PRO
Trek Fuel EX 8
Santa Cruz Highball Carbon
I replaced 2 steel bolts with ti bolts and went from 6g on the steel to 2.8g with ti.
As for how much you'll save, it won't be noticable unless you go full on weight-weenie with every other part so the end result is that all parts are lightened.
I replaced more, but only bothered weighing the first set.
Last edited by Vegard; 01-29-2013 at 12:13 PM.
there's a ton of non-load-bearing bolts that can be replaced with alloy ones to save even more weight for less money if you haven't already done so. if you want it to have any appreciable difference, though, you need to replace a lot of them cause its just a few grams here and there. as mentioned above, this only really makes sense if confident there isn't more significant weight to save in any easier spots.
Accidentally hit quote instead of edit
i actually have a very large order of bolts and bits in alloy and ti coming soon for a bike i'm hoping to finish for the spring. the order amounts to essentially every bolt on the entire bike plus many misc. small pieces. the cost was not insignificant. if i have the patience maybe i'll weigh the whole pile of bolts against the steel ones they're replacing to try to quantify the savings. to be honest, i'm not even really sure what to expect.
As a rough comparison for you:-
Standard XT Skewers:
KCNC Ti Skewers:
I have 2 bikes with a lot of Ti bolts and it didn't save
much weight. I did it more for bling than anything else.
I did the whole Ti bolt thing for a while - expensive, round-off easily and minimal weight savings IMHO.